Mobile Pentium III LV 850MHz, 256MB, 30GB HDD (UDMA-5), DVD/CD-RW external FireWire S400, 14.1" TFT XGA (1024x768), WLAN, FireWire, USB, Modem, LAN.
But the older models were either PCMCIA or USB based CD drives. The one that comes with this machine is a FireWire device. I had no time to build a bootable CD with FireWire support.
So I have used installation from a separate harddisk partition as described in the Linux-Mobile-Guide or in the Debian installation docs. Additionally I compiled a 2.4.19 Linux Kernel, PCMCIA-CS and Advanced Linux Sound Architecture - ALSA directly from source. The kernel has to be patched with the current versions of ACPI und FireWire (IEEE1394) to make a couple of things work.
The BIOS is capable to boot an image via network but I didn't try it. It might be possible to install Linux directly via network.
The pre-installed MS-WindowsXP didn't work well. So after installing Debian
I have tried to recover MS-WindowsXP from the recovery CDs. Though the warning about formatting the whole hard disk, the recovery process only formatted drive C: (/dev/hda1) and left the existing Linux installation intact. Though I had to boot from the Debian/GNU Linux CD again and had to start
You may reach the Phoenix BIOS with
F2. Maybe you can use the lphdisk(http://packages.debian.org/lphdisk) tool to generate a hibernation partition, but I didn't try that yet. The BIOS is capable to boot
an image via network but I didn't try it.
ACPI support is detected by the kernel and all modules load successfully,
but I can't suspend the laptop correctly. Modes 0, 3 and 4 do not work at all and mode 5 puts the machine to sleep. Unfortunately, the machine does not wake up after that.
You can see the possible states for Speedstep in
/proc without having the possibility to switch between them.
The thermal values seem to be sensible, as the temperature of the CPU rises when starting heavy applications or when compiling.
APM support also crashes the machine. But I'm working on it.
You need the driver
i82365 for the controller.
The network interface works with the
eepro100 kernel driver. Also the
e100 driver from the e100-source(http://packages.debian.org/e100-source) package works.
This interface is a PCMCIA-CS device as
cardctl ident reveals. It is a device called Lucent Technologies Wavelan/IEEE which runs fine with the
orinoco_cs driver. Very Important: You have to apply the current ACPI-patch!
The integrated WLAN-chip can be turned on and off via a switch on the left side of the case. It seems that only the antenna is turned off, because Linux still recognises the device.
No problems here:
snd-intel8x0 will do the work. The driver for OSS (
i810_audio) works, too.
Configuring XFree86 4.2.1 with the i810 driver didn't work with
XFree86 -configure, but
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 did it.
XF86Config-4 file. Resolutions work up to 1024x768. I couldn't get framebuffer support for console (tried 790, 791, 792, 793 mode), they were discarded as invalid. In console mode only a part of the display is used.
The jogdial runs like a charm. You need the kernel-module
sonypi and the package sjog(http://packages.debian.org/sjog) installed. A
mknod /dev/sonypi 10 63 creates the needed device file and then you can run
sjog under X. It works as a mouse-wheel per default and a press on the wheel gives you a (configurable) menu to quick-launch applications. This
menu allows to set display brightness and other settings.
The CD-drive (and assumably other FireWire-hardware) works after applying the current patches for ACPI and IEEE1394. Burning is done with 8x speed. You can play and thus rip Audio-CDs, but you cannot hear them. The player has no sockets for connecting cables except for the data/power-cable and the data-cable does not transport audio-data.
Doesn't work so far. I'm still trying to find out which driver is the right one for this WinModem. The one for Connectix (hsflin), Intel (536ep) and Lucent (ltmodem) doesn't seem to do it.
By Dr. Jim McElwaine(http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/jnm11/):
The basic install worked very smoothly. I booted from a USB floppy using bootnet.img and then did an NFS network install. The correct video driver i810 for Intel 82815 was selected but the autoprobed values were incorrect and caused the X server to crash on exit. The setting should be
1024x768 4MB video memory 24bit true color
Set the monitor to exactly 60Hz 1024x768 laptop
These can be set after installation using
My USB mouse was detected and installed in /etc/X11/XF86Config
but not the touchpad.
/etc/X11/XF86Config file yourself and put in
Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "Anaconda Configured" Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0 InputDevice "TouchPad" "CorePointer" InputDevice "USBMouse" "SendCoreEvents" InputDevice "SerialMouse" "SendCoreEvents" InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "TouchPad" Driver "mouse" Option "Device" "/dev/psaux" Option "Protocol" "PS/2" Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "USBMouse" Driver "mouse" Option "Protocol" "auto" Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice" Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" EndSection